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Madonna hits back in legal battle over New York home

Madonna has slammed the “ridiculous” rule change to the lease of her New York home in her legal challenge.
The One West 64th Street co-operative board who run the Harperley Hall building in Manhattan’s historic Central Park West district changed the rules of the lease on her $7.3 million (£5.66 million) apartment in 2014.
The new rules state that her children and domestic employees cannot live in the unit unless she herself is “in residence” at the time.
In April (16) Madonna began a legal challenge against the rules, with a new filing against the co-operative board claiming that her status as an international pop star makes it impossible for her to comply with the new conditions.
“Such a requirement is ridiculous and impossible for almost any family to comply with, and certainly not someone with plaintiff’s itinerant schedule,” legal documents seen by editors of the New York Post’s Page Six column state.
In the documents, the musician wrote that she would like her children and domestic employees to be able to live in the property.
The filing goes on to claim that the One West 64th Street co-operative board should’ve known about her circumstances as a touring pop musician when she bought the home in 2004 and told her of any conditions then.
“To be sure, One West knew the plaintiff’s living, working, traveling lifestyle as a celebrated entertainer when she purchased the apartment; One West never objected,” the court papers read.
Madonna, who has four children, Lourdes Leon, 19, Rocco Ritchie, 16, Mercy, 10, and David, 11, claims the home is her primary residence.
The singer recently settled a custody dispute with ex-husband over their son Rocco, who in December last year (15) refused to return to his mother in New York after visiting his father in London.

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